Justin Forsett Fantasy News

Justin Forsett 'still hungry' to prove he belongs

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:55pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

A year ago, Justin Forsett was a journeyman looking for a job at the Baltimore Ravens training camp. Now, one Pro Bowl appearance and a 1,529 yards later, Forsett is seeking an encore to the finest of his seven NFL seasons. "I'm still hungry, still ready to go out and fight," the 29-year-old running back said. "Nothing is given to me."

Forsett was third on the depth chart last summer behind Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro. All three running backs were prepared to take one step back after incumbent Ray Rice returned from a two-game suspension for domestic violence. All that changed when a video surfaced in September showing Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator. The Ravens immediately released him, and Forsett ultimately proved to be far more adept at running the ball than anyone on the Baltimore roster.

He rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards — more than his previous five seasons combined. Forsett also caught 44 passes for 263 yards and provided solid protection in the pocket for quarterback Joe Flacco. That earned the 5-foot-8, 195-pound Forsett a three-year, $9 million contract with $3 million guaranteed. He intends to earn every penny of it.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett is a potential fantasy stud RB who can possibly be had later in the second round of 12-team leagues or even the early third round in 10-team leagues. With Marc Trestman as the OC, Forsett has a chance to increase his receptions and be a valuable PPR back. Trestman has already said the Ravens will continue to commit to the run making Forsett's potential even higher.

Ravens release initial depth chart

Friday, August 7, 2015, 8:27pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Crockett Gillmore, who is atop the tight end depth chart, has always been the clear favorite to start. Wide receiver Kamar Aiken, listed as the starter opposite Steve L Smith, was more productive than Marlon Brown last year, and unlike Brown and first-round pick Breshad Perriman, he’s stayed healthy and had a strong start to camp.

Lorenzo Taliaferro is listed as the No.2 running back behind Justin Forsett. Forsett, Taliaferro and Javorius Allen all complement each other very well. Forsett has vision and experience, and does most things, including picking up blitzes and catching the ball out of the backfield, well. Taliaferro is the power guy, and Allen has good hands and is extremely elusive

Fantasy Impact:

Gillmore is a deep sleeper at tight end. He was a former third round pick, so he's no slouch. It's no sure thing that Maxx Williams overtakes him this season. We're expecting Perriman to win the starting job, but he has to get healthy. Taliaferro appears to be the best handcuff for Forsett, though the team would likely use a committee in the event of a Forsett injury.

Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro 'transformed his body' this offseason

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:04pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Down to 221 pounds, roughly eight pounds lighter than last season with 4 percent less body fat, Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro has transformed his body this offseason as he competes with rookie Javorious Allen to be the primary backup to starter Justin Forsett.

Taliaferro also appears to be more decisive in his cuts.

"Lorenzo Taliaferro, he has good vision, and his feet look quicker to me, his burst," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last month. "He has leaned up a little bit."

"I’ve been impressed with Lorenzo," offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said. "He’s fluid, he does everything right, he’s in the right places, he understands our protection package. I feel really confident when he’s behind Joe [Flacco] in the running game and in our pass protection scheme. He has been very consistent."

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Taliaferro is well prepared for a camp battle with Allen. Forsett owners should pay close attention to see who will serve as his primary backup this season.

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 3:09pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos beat writer Troy Renck talked about C.J. Anderson and what could be expected of this season. Renck: I believe C.J. Anderson, a bowling ball with legs, can roll for 1,400 yards. He will be physically prepared for the grind. Just as Terrell Davis paved the way for the Broncos' first Super Bowl, Anderson holds the key to making life easier on QB Peyton Manning. It might not be circa 1997, but Anderson can be plenty good enough.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Anderson 10th among our RBs, and he's been going in drafts around the middle of the second round. Over the final eight weeks, Anderson averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson (and why wouldn’t they?), he should thrive under new HC Gary Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett. We don't have Anderson going for 1,400 yards, but should crack the 1,000 yard mark as Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball could steal some work.

Broncos Beat: 'Window closed' for Montee Ball to win RB1 job

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12:47pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Montee Ball had a disappointing 2014 season in which he was supposed to run away with the starting job. While Ball’s downfall can be linked to his appendectomy before the season, this season he finds himself behind Denver’s breakout star from 2014 C.J. Anderson.

While Ball remains optimistic that he’ll find a way to regain his position as Denver’s featured back, Troy Renck says his time has come and gone.

“If C.J. Anderson stays healthy, his commitment is at a new level,” Renck said. “I don’t see Ball getting the chance to prove that anymore. I think the window closed on him last year. It’s a bellcow offense, the back doesn’t rotate in and out.”

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson began to see starter-type touches in Week 10 with 17 touches for 163 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson (and why wouldn’t they?), he should thrive under new HC Gary Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett.

Peyton: 'The sky is the limit' for Broncos RB C.J. Anderson

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning praised RB C.J. Anderson:

"C.J. of course, if you talk to him you think he's about a 12-year veteran starter and he's only started six games. I'm getting a ton of reps with him, and the sky is the limit for him, I will say that."

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson began to see starter-type touches in Week 10 with 17 touches for 163 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson (and why wouldn’t they?), he should thrive under new HC Gary Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett.

Ravens Beat: Justin Forsett's receptions 'could possibly double this season'

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's a chance that Justin Forsett's reception total of 44 last season could possibly double this season. At last week's organized team activity, Forsett was catching a handful of screen passes. On Wednesday, he was pulling in passes over the middle and in the flats.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there has never been any talk of whether running backs will get increased chances as receivers and indicated that they've always been involved in the passing game whether it's checkdowns or play-action passes. "That will be a part of what we're doing," Harbaugh said. "It'll be a big part of it."

One of the mainstays of Marc Trestman's offense is getting the ball to his running backs in space. There have been seven instances where a running back has caught at least 69 passes in a season under Trestman: San Francisco's Derek Loville, Arizona's Larry Centers and Michael Pittman, Oakland's Charlie Garner (twice) and Chicago's Matt Forte (twice). In Trestman's two seasons in Chicago, Forte caught a total of 176 passes, which were 48 more than any other running back in the NFL.

"I'm excited about that -- being used more, going out wide or catching passes out of the backfield," Forsett said. "With Coach Trestman coming in, a lot of backs have had a lot of passes. Even in OTAs, I've been catching a lot of balls, so I make sure I am sharp on my routes and ready to be used that way as well."

Fantasy Impact:

This goes along with what we've been saying since the team hired Trestman -- Forsett is going to be very, very productive in PPR formats.

Slimmed-down C.J. Anderson eyes Broncos' RB1 job

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:38pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson looks different.

His jersey fits looser, a symbol of how seriously he has taken his metamorphosis from an undrafted free agent to Pro Bowler. In the weeks leading to the Denver Broncos' organized training activity, Anderson modified his diet, ran hills and tracks in Colorado and California.

At this time a year ago, Anderson weighed 243 pounds. He checked in at 221 on Monday, two pounds less than he carried in the final few weeks of his breakout 2014 season.

On the verge of establishing himself as an impact player, he understands there are no second first impressions. He has buried himself in the playbook — he received pointers from Justin Forsett, a friend because of their Cal-Berkley connection — unwilling to concede anything to his competitors.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson began to see starter-type touches in Week 10 with 17 touches for 163 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson (and why wouldn’t they?), he should thrive under new HC Gary Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Forsett.

Flacco: Ravens RB Justin Forsett is 'going to be a huge checkdown guy'

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:47pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens QB Joe Flacco on RB Justin Forsett: 'he's going to be a huge checkdown guy for us.'

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett should see his PPR upside increase due to new OC Marc Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. However, the loss of OC Gary Kubiak is likely to hurt the Ravens’ running game. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he’ll likely hold more value in PPR formats than in standard formats in 2015.

Ravens Beat: Justin Forsett 'can expect the same load' in 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:52am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens writer John Eisenberg was asked, "Who backs up Justin Forsett?"

The Ravens’ running back piled up 235 carries during his breakout 2014 season, but the team’s other backs combined for 167 carries, which is a lot. Forsett can expect the same load in 2015, but plenty of opportunity exists behind him. Lorenzo Taliaferro moved piles at times as a rookie in 2014 and could be a short-yardage option, but my eyes are on rookie Buck Allen, who totaled almost 2,000 rushing and receiving yards for Southern Cal last season.

Fantasy Impact:

We don't project Forsett to see as many carries as he did in 2014 under then-OC Gary Kubiak. His new coordinator, Marc Trestman, favors a pass-heavy approach, and over the past two seasons, Trestman's Bears only averaged 380 carries. Conversely, the Ravens racked up 448 carries last season. If Forsett sees the same share (52.5%) of the Bears' two-year average, it works out to 200 carries. We project the Ravens for around 408 carries, since the team has said it hopes to keep Kubiak's rushing principles in place and HC John Harbaugh is an offensive-minded coach who can ensure that happens. The Ravens drafted Javorius Allen to contribute, so we believe Forsett's share of carries drops to around 42%, which yields 170 carries. However, we project Forsett to set a career high in catches (61.8) since Trestman loves to use his running backs in the passing game. This makes Forsett a good 3rd round value, especially in PPR formats.

Ravens happy with RB Buck Allen's receiving ability

Monday, May 18, 2015, 1:16pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

One of the top reasons the Ravens selected rookie running back Buck Allen (a.k.a. Javorius Allen) in the fourth round of the NFL draft was his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

"We've seen Buck catch passes, we've seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He has done it out here and looks very smooth doing it. He's running the ball well. We haven't had any surprises."

Fantasy Impact:

Allen will likely learn behind Justin Forsett, who just signed a three-year deal after having a career year under former OC Gary Kubiak. With OC Marc Trestman in the fold, we're expecting Forsett (and eventually, Allen) to be very active in the passing game.

Former OC says RB C.J. Anderson was 'a little chubby...got worn down quick'

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11:03am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Former OC Adam Gase said that Broncos RB C.J. Anderson wasn't in great shape last season:

“In Denver — Anderson would hate me for saying this — but he got tired and was a little chubby sometimes,” Gase said. “I mean, he got worn down quick and then we had to rotate backs in last year.”

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson's fatigue might have something to do with the 24.0 touches he averaged over the final eight games. Over that span, he averaged 132 total yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 fantasy running back. If the Broncos commit to Anderson, he should thrive under new HC Gary Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett.

Kubiak: C.J. Anderson goes into offseason as the starter

Monday, March 30, 2015, 1:31pm

Denver Broncos - [Full Article]

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson earned his place on the first team with a performance in the second half of the season that was more productive than all but one other running back in that span.When offseason workouts start, he will remain atop the depth chart at running back -- but only if he can maintain his performance and diligence.

"He made a big jump as a player, and I think he's earned the right to walk in to the offseason program -- the OTAs -- and line up as our starter," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "But he's got to continue to earn it on a daily basis... I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him."

But he will return to find his predecessors at running back at full strength. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman have recovered from groin and foot injuries, respectively, and will factor into the scramble for carries.

"All those guys are young. I think all three of those guys ... have all kind of had their little spurts of success with the club when they've had their opportunity," Kubiak said. "But they're all young. Who's going to be the bell cow, who's going to play every down, who's going to be the three-down player, they've got to sort that out. C.J. has shown the flashes of doing that... We'll give them all a chance and see how it pans out, but C.J. obviously has a good head start on things," Kubiak said.

The competition could be fierce, but Anderson's success last year and his ability to translate that to a zone-blocking scheme gives him the early lead.

"All good players fit your system, and he's a good player," Kubiak said. "So we've got some good young backs, and it's going to be very competitive from that standpoint, but, yeah, he's proven that running zone schemes and doing those types of things seem to fit him very well."

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson began to see starter-type touches in Week 10 with 17 touches for 163 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Over the final eight weeks, he averaged 24.0 touches for 132 yards and 1.3 TD, and was the #1 RB in that span. If the Broncos commit to Anderson (and why wouldn’t they?), he should thrive under Kubiak, who just coaxed a career year out of journeyman Justin Forsett.

Ravens release RB Bernard Pierce after DUI

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 3:38pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens released backup running back Bernard Pierce following his arrest early Wednesday morning on driving under the influence charges.

Fantasy Impact:

After a pretty strong rookie season (4.9 YPC on 108 carries), Pierce has rushed for just 802 yards on 245 carries for a 3.27 YPC. He was a cut candidate even before the DUI, but his run-in with the law made him even more expendable. The Ravens currently have Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro atop the depth chart at running back.

Schefter: Justin Forsett to re-sign with the Ravens

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 2:56pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens are giving RB Justin Forsett a three-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett should see his PPR upside increase due to new OC Marc Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. However, the loss of OC Gary Kubiak is likely to hurt the Ravens’ running game. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he continues as the lead back in Baltimore.

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